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Summer Co-Ed Baby Shower

I'm planning a co ed baby shower in two weeks for 30 people from 3-8 pm and wanted to see how this menu sounds:

Appetizers:
Crudite platter with Olive creme fraiche dip
Cheese tray
Homemade Guacamole and Salsa

Main:
Ribs
Grilled Chicken
Sausages

Sides:
Pasta Salad (chicken, pesto, olives, feta, sundried tomatoes)
Green Salad
Fruit wishing well (carved watermelon well with pineapple, cantelope, honeydue and watermelon)
Garlic Bread

Dessert:
Cake

Beverages:
Beer
Bottled water
Lemonade

What am I missing? What doesn't see right?

Thanks for your help!!!

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  1. I think this sounds great. I have to admit, the guacamole and salsa are the only mexican thing, so that seems a little out of place. Perhaps you could substitute a mediteranian spread with roasted peppers, olives and marinated artichokes? Or something more "American" like deviled eggs? Not sure if you have any veggies in your group, but you may want to consider making the pasta salad w/o chicken to serve those folks. Finally, I would add iced tea to the beverage list. I am preggers and about all I want are arnold palmers - 1/2 iced tea and 1/2 lemonade = delicious!!

    Enjoy your shower. I think it sounds great!

    1. I agree about providing a main-dish-type veg option by taking the chicken out of the pasta salad. Another thing that occurred to me is that there are two things with olives in them. I LOVE olives, but have a few friends who find them disgusting and can't/won't eat anything that includes them -- I'm normally not about tweaking every little thing to picky people's tastes, but olives do seem to be quite polarizing! ;)

      Other than that, it looks really good! :)

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      1. re: LauraGrace

        I was going to say that too. I would have whole pitted olives on the crudite platter with a herb (dill, parsley, sorrel etc) creme fraiche dip with a little lemon juice and zest for some zip. For dessert, such a fresh menu calls out for do-it yourself shortcakes. You could have shortcakes, whipped cream, and cut strawberries, peaches, raspberries and have people assemble them as they please.

      2. wine!!! for the non beer drinkers.
        And I wouldn't worry about the salsa and guac thing. In my house its a staple whether its mexican night or not. I just think it's like chips and dip - it can go anywhere.
        Since you are grilling, you could grill the garlic bread just for fun. It's yummy.
        Way to go! It looks great!

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        1. re: julesincoq

          I agree about the salsa/guac. Doesn't have to fit the theme and salsa is a big crowd pleaser (guac can be in certain groups but where I live people are very closed minded, so it would depend on the group).

        2. Grilled veggies, perhaps. They could be cooked ahead and then re-warmed on the grill while the meats are resting.

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          1. re: weezycom

            I like the grilled veggies idea. Any combination of zucchini, yellow squash, green/red/yellow peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli/cauliflower florettes, pineapple chunks and if you precook, then warm at the end, you can even throw in some cherry tomatoes. As for the drinks, Maybe sangria? Nice drink and pretty for a group.

            1. re: weezycom

              concur. i'd probably do some portabello mushroom caps for the "veggie" option alongside the chicken, ribs, and sausage.

            2. sounds wonderful, I do agree that if you do have any vegetarians - they could be limited to just your green salad and fruit salad.

              I've made an awesome grilled salad from I believe epicurious - found it!!!! I've had it several times, often with a bunch of mixed greens in teh middle:
              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

              have a blast